Fat Tire Clone Misfire

The recipe itself came from a published and reputable source. The beer was brewed as instructed and I wasn’t happy with the results.   It certainly wasn’t anywhere near the character of Fat Tire, my all time favourite session beer.  The lesson that I learned here is the value in yeast strains.

While the beer it made was pleasant, the yeast character was not what was desired.  New Belgium’s strain was released once for homebrewers, but I never got a package. Unfortunately it seems to be a big component to the beer. I’ve been looking for the strain ever since.


Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
6.1 gal 60 min 19.3 IBUs 15.2 SRM 1.058 1.012 6.1 %
Actuals 1.058 1.008 6.6 %


Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 9 lbs 67.92
Toasted Malt 2 lbs 15.09
Crystal Malt Light - 15L (Crisp) 1.5 lbs 11.32
Munich II (Weyermann) 8 oz 3.77
Chocolate (Briess) 4 oz 1.89


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Liberty 1.41 oz 50 min Boil Pellet 4.3
Liberty 0.35 oz 15 min Boil Pellet 4.3


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
American Ale (1056) Wyeast Labs 75% 60°F - 72°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 150°F 75 min
Mash Out 168°F 10 min


Original Brew asked for 30 gm Goldings at 5.5% (60 Minute) and 15 gm at 15 Minutes. Had to change to Fuggles at 4.2% but shown as Liberty to properly calculate hop rate.


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